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“Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.”
“All that is essential for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
“Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.”
What is Freemasonry?
It is the oldest, largest and most prestigious fraternity in the world. We are like a civic club, a charitable institution and a fraternity – all rolled into one.
We're like a civic club in that we do a large number of community and statewide projects. We're like a charity in that we support many worthwhile causes. But mainly we are a fraternity of men doing good things for each other, and bringing men of good morals and ethics together in our community.
What is the Mission of Freemasonry?
To promote a way of life that binds like-minded men in a worldwide brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences. To teach the great principles of brotherly and love, relief truth. And to give outward expression of these things through fellowship, compassion and concern, finding ways to serve G-d, family, country, neighbors and self.
What Do Masons Do?
The most important thing we do is take care of each other and our families. We are a fraternity. That means we help other Masons, treat them in special ways, support them no matter where they live, and build friendships all over the world. Not very many organizations do that today. And we help others. That is why we give almost $2 million a day to charity, and most of our money goes to help kids. We rank among the top 10 best-liked charitable groups in America. Yet we also teach leadership skills and help men lead an ethics-based life. We promote good relationships and strong family values. We try to do something to strengthen the family unit every day.
What do you get out of it?
A great amount of pride. A sense of belonging to an organization that exists all over the world. Being part of a great heritage. Sharing an identity with the great men of the past – and of today. Sharing a special bond with men from all walks of life, and creating life-long friendships with them. Being a member of an organization that believes in toleration – that lets each man think for himself and express his own opinions, without worrying about being wrong.
Greetings Brethren and Ladies,
As this is my last article as Master I would to thank the officers for a job well done. I would also like to thank the wives for their advice and guidance throughout the year.
It has been an honor serving as Master this past year and I look forward to serving the lodge in the future as needed.
It has also been a bittersweet year as two of our officers passed away Bro. William Rosenthal and Bro. Fred Gray, our Treasurer and Chaplain.
As I am being installed as Senior Warden, I would like to remind the brethren of the Sideliners degree. This degree is put on by the brethren who normally would be watching the degree. This degree is an excellent way for brethren to sit as an officer of the Lodge.
If you are interested in participating in this degree, please see me during the Stated Meeting and let me know which position you are interested in sitting as. This degree usually occurs in September or October.
I would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a healthy New Year.
I look forward to serving with Leland and all the new officers.
Fraternally from the East,
Wor. Aaron J. Cohen
My family and I would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support and compassion we received while mourning the passing of my father. The phone calls, the messages and the posts were all very moving. I feel very blessed to belong to a lodge that takes the Brotherhood very seriously and always makes people feel like family.
As our year draws to a close, we look forward to the new year and a new line of officers. I’d like to wish Wor. Leland Celestre a fantastic 2017. Worshipful we know you will do an outstanding job in the East and we are all looking forward to your installation! As for the officers, we wish you the best of luck and know you will all work hard to do your best to serve the lodge.
Our lodge has endured great change this year. We’ve seen the Cubs win the first World Series in 108 years and also one of the most controversial Presidential elections. We’ve lost some great brothers and gained some excellent candidates. But one thing remains constant, our lodge always endures. We endure change be it good or bad, and we always come out on top. That’s what I love most about our lodge, we always come out on top. So regardless of what team or candidate won or lost, we should always remember that we are all Brothers. Have a blessed holiday season and a safe New Year’s celebration!
Fraternally from the West,
Michael David, Senior Warden
Masonic tradition informs us that the first Most Excellent Grand Master was Solomon, King of Israel. The Talmud relates a very poignant story about him. King Solomon was wise and powerful with riches beyond compare, yet he was not content. One day he told his wise men, “I am too often depressed by life. If things go my way, I do not trust that they will last. If they do not, I fear my woes will never end. I have dreamed that there is a ring that contains the wisdom that will bring me peace of mind. Please go and find this ring.”
After many months of searching the wise men had given up. When word of King Solomon’s request went out into the countryside a poor old man from the humblest of backgrounds came forward with a simple gold ring that he engraved. The king looked at the ring and read the Hebrew words engraved there, Gam Zeh Ya’avor-This too shall pass. As he read the inscription, the King’s sorrows turned to joy and his joys to sorrows and finally both gave way to peace. The king was reminded in that moment that all his riches and glory were impermanent and all his sorrows would pass away as the seasons and years, all his blessings and all his curses would pass away. From that time on, King Solomon wore the ring and was reminded – in blessings and in curses, in good times and in bad that “This too, shall pass.”
Most of us drive ourselves crazy, either bemoaning our unlucky fate during the bad times or worrying about the future when things are finally going our way. That is why it is so important for all of us to have close friends and brothers; someone to share both the good and the bad times. The good times are invariably better when we can share them with a friend. During troubling times it is a blessing to have a friend to lean on. In the words of Solomon’s father, King David, “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity”!
I would like to conclude by wishing Wor. Leland Celestre and his line the absolute best in the upcoming Masonic year. Your success is our success and we will all rejoice with you.
Fraternally from the South,
Robert Borden, P.M., Junior Warden
WORSHIPFUL AARON J. COHEN
MICHAEL DAVID, P.M., SENIOR WARDEN
ROBERT BORDEN, P.M. JUNIOR WARDEN
HOME LODGE EVENTS
HOME LODGE DUES INFORMATION
Our dues for 2017 are $97.00 per member, due on or by the 1st day of January. If you are not at the very least in possession of a 2016 dues card (haven’t paid your dues for 2016) we will be sending you a notice of possible suspension, beginning in March. If you have not paid your dues in arrears or made proper arrangements, we will be suspending you in May of 2017. Many brethren have asked what that means. It means this, if you are suspended for nonpayment of dues, your name will be read in lodge the night you are suspended, the other Masonic bodies will be notified of your suspension (per the CMC) and you will become suspended in those bodies as well until you are back in good standing with your blue lodge. Bringing yourself back into good standing involves the following process-you must pay your dues in arrears, then you are put up to a vote of the brethren for reinstatement, then the other bodies are notified upon your reinstatement.
Yearly Dues & Petition Fees
Dues for the 2016 term are: $97.00
Petitions for membership are: $425.00
Petitions for affiliation are: $130.00
Petitions for out of state affiliation are: $285.00
ANY MEMBER OF HOME LODGE TO PAY THE PRORATED FEES AS PRESCRIBED IN
THE MASONIC GRAND LODGE OF CALIFORNIA F. & A. M.’s MASONIC CODE: 27020
The following is the fee schedule for the year 2016:
Under the age of 49 is 21 times the annual dues: $1,974.00
50 to 54 is 19 times the annual dues: $1,786.00
55 to 59 is 17 times the annual dues: $1,598.00
60 to 64 is 14 times the annual dues: $1,316.00
65 and older is 11 times the annual dues: $1,034.00
Worshipful José A. Fiss, P.M.
Wor. Jose Fiss was Master of Home Lodge in 2009, Master of Panamericana Lodge 513 in 2004 and Master of Van Nuys Lodge 450 in 1994. He also served as Junior Warden and Senior Warden for both Home Lodge and Van Nuys Lodge and was the recipient of the Hiram Award in October of 2012. He was also the Most Illustrious Grand Master of Cryptic Masons of California.
Passed: November 21, 2016
Laid to Rest: November 29, 2016
Soft and Safe to Thee My Brother be Thy Resting Place!
Bright and Glorious be Thy Rising From it!
Let the Altar and Working Tools be Draped and the
Mourning be Observed. May Our Heavenly Father
Have You in His Holy Keeping!
Wednesday night is Lodge Night. Wednesday night is, COACHING NIGHT.
Proficiency coaching is available to all EAs, FCs and MMs
from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Please contact Wor. Steve Varsam P.M. at (818) 515-0093 for more information.
GIVE THE GIFT OF A LIFETIME
As a California Mason, you are committed to the enduring health and relevance of this great organization. Our fraternity champions public education and provides industry-leading care for vulnerable seniors and families, and we are engaged community leaders. Making a legacy gift to our Masonic charities changes lives.
A ‘planned’ gift, or ‘legacy’ gift, can help you achieve your personal, financial, and estate planning goals. For example, a legacy gift can provide the donor with an income for life as well as a charitable income tax deduction, and make a profound difference in Masonry.
What is the Cornerstone Society?
The Cornerstone Society is reserved for those Masons who choose to include the Masonic charities in their estate plans.
The simplest way to become a Cornerstone Society member is through a bequest. But there are a variety of giving options available, such as trusts and charitable gift annuities. The method you choose will depend on your personal circumstances and needs. It is always a good idea to first consult your attorney and/or tax advisor for financial advice and expertise.
How Do I Start?
Please contact Greg Cherry to learn more at (310) 968-8369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW MASTER MASONS
Home Lodge is very honored to have these new Master Masons join the history of our Lodge.
Brother Akram Alawar
Brother Robert Aroutounian
Brother Michael Hatley
Brother Tigran Oganesian
Brother Barry Lampke
Brother Tommy Ray Smith
Brother Tony Tahmizian
Brother Arnulf Tuadles
CONTACT & LOCATION INFORMATION
HOME MASONIC LODGE NO. 721 F. & A.M.
14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405-2214
Home Lodge Contact Phone Number: (805) 529-7510
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